The Netherlands, an outsider's view.

The Netherlands, an outsider's view.

The Netherlands uses least renewable energy in all of EU; Eurostat reports

From a recent Eurostat report that uses 2018 data, the Netherlands has been found to use the least amount of renewable energy than any other country in the European Union.

The land of windmills only derived 7.4% of its energy from renewable sources, half of its target number of 14%. The 2018 numbers continue a downward trajectory for the country where, in 2017, saw it second to last (behind Luxembourg). Luxembourg, however, increased its renewable energy consumption to 9% in 2018.

As a whole, the European Union is on the right track, looking to attain the 20% goal for 2020. Of all countries, Sweden leads the way with 54% of its energy coming from renewable. This beats their goal of 49%. Other countries exceeding their renewable energy goals are Bulgaria, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Croatia, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Cyprus, and Finland. Joining the Netherlands in the bottom five are Malta, Luxembourg, Belgium, and the UK.